Contribute today to the John L. Hyer Tampa Oratorio Singers Endowment!
Details to contribute are under "Support TOS"

Who ARE The Tampa Oratorio Singers


We are a 60+ voice concert chorus, comprised of talented volunteer singers (some multi-generational) from all walks of life encompassing the entire Tampa Bay area, providing music lovers with the opportunity to perform and hear the music of the great choral masters.

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It is our great pleasure to announce the creation of the John L. Hyer Tampa Oratorio Singers Endowment fund with the support of the Community Foundation of Tampa Bay. 

John sang many years in the bass section, providing interesting commentaries before the TOS concerts. In addition to his many contributions to the musical life of the Tampa Bay area, John was a humanities professor at St. Petersburg College and enjoyed international travel with the Palma Ceia Presbyterian Church choir. Read more about John here.

We have a matching gift opportunity! Your contributions received up to December 31, will be matched dollar-for-dollar up to $25,000. Your gift to The John L. Hyer Tampa Oratorio Singers Endowment will be doubled for you and will provide ongoing support to chorus. Please help us enable TOS to continue its mission to inspire and enrich the Tampa Bay community through the power of enduring choral classics performed with artistic excellence.

Go to our Donate site (here) to contribute to the John L. Hyer Tampa Oratorio Singers Endowment fund.   




"I am excited about the Sing Smart learning series! We have a unique opportunity this season to focus on the foundations of good choral singing and to strengthen your musical knowledge and skills. I'm really enjoying creating the curriculum and hope everyone will enjoy the series as much as I have enjoyed creating it." Nancy Callahan  

All "Sing Smart" sessions are available on YouTube (link) to watch anytime. 
Handouts are available on the "Sing Smart" page under News & Events (link).
Join us for this unique learning opportunity!


1. Elements of Music - Rhythm
  • Pulse /Beat
  • Note Values
  • Bar Lines / Time Signature
  • Reading Rhythms
  • Simple and Compound Meter
  • Count-Singing
  • Conducting Patterns
2. Music Notation
  • Pitch (Musical Alphabet)
  • Staves
  • Grand Staff
  • Clefs
  • Note Recognition – on Grand Staff / on Piano
  • Whole and Half Steps
  • Accidentals (# b X bb Natural)
  • Pathagorus
  • Temperament
  • Circle of Fifths
  • Major Scales and Key Signatures
3. Scales, Intervals, Chords & Cadences
  • Scales (Scale Degrees)
    • Major
    • Minor (Natural, Harmonic, Melodic and their Key Signatures)
    • Pentatonic
    • Whole Tone
  • Intervals
  • Chords
  • Major
    • Minor
    • Diminished
    • Augmented
  • Inversions
  • Cadences
4. Latin Diction 
  • Mass / Requiem - Historical Background
  • Latin
    • Vowels
    • Consonants
    • Latin pronunciation
  • Master Class: Leanna Smithberger and Christian Higgins
5. English Diction
  • Tonal Quality
    • Posture
    • Resonance
    • Breath Support
    • Focus
    • Placement
    • Vibrato
    • Listening Ears
    • Vowels, consonants
  • Vocal / Choral Warm-Ups
    • Physical Exercises, Posture
    • Breathing Exercises
    • Vocal Exercises
  • Vocal production
    • Vibrato is not unified
    • Singing too softly
    • Singing too loud
6. Vocal / Choral Warm-Ups & Tonal Quality
  • Speed Markings
  • Italian Modifiers
  • Changes of Tempo
  • Dynamic Markings
  • Articulation
  • Phrasing
  • Ornaments
  • Lyrics
  • Symbols
  • Musical Terms and Abbreviations
7. Musical Terms, Effects & Symbols
  • Resonance
  • Intonationand Pitch
  • Vocal Exercises
  • Singing Myths
8. Musical Forms, Textures, Sight-Singing 
  • Concert / Rehearsal Etiquette
  • Score Markings,
  • Expectations of Singers
  • Page Turns 
  • Classical Musical Forms



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